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  1. I hate this type of story - are the general public total morons? What they are saying this that the fees have increased - that's been noticed for a long long time. They are also saying that if you look at the total costs of a mortgage - the £1995 fee that they stick on costs you money and maybe the "cheapest" deal isn't actually all that cheap! Who would have thought it! Anyway, I'm off to Tescos before they close to buy all the BOGOFs and special offers I can get my hands on.
  2. It doesn't appear that her house was built on 1/4 of an acre either. Does anything in the press have to be true or does it just have to fit the message?
  3. Haven't we all benefitted from the recession? The costs of the deficit will be paid by our grandchildren.
  4. There was a piece on Working Lunch a few years ago about a guy who wanted to quit his job and become a Day-trader. They pointed out in the show that to earn say £15,000 a year he would need a 10% return on his money - and then he'd be paying tax on his profits. Basically - the guy (who looked a bit dim) had nothing to say and I felt embarassed for him. Ultimately, you can't compete with Professional Traders - you can buy and hold certain shares and make some money - but you have a real lack of info. - and that is where people will get screwed. You can complain about the fees for funds - but you are paying them to look after your money, it's only fair they have a cut. Believing that you have a way of beating the market - foolish. (in saying that, I do occasionally use Betfair and I win consistently small amounts from races - typically £20 or so, which is from betting for and against the same horse. I'm good at spotting trends but would not consider this a reliable route to paying off my mortgage or paying for retirement)
  5. Boring outside and garish inside. I don't know if people actually like this showy floating toilet, big clock, open-plan, minimalist look - it just looks a little cheap and dehumanising. Although, if you can afford to borrow to £400,000 - then you must have taste.
  6. So to keep house prices where they should be - at the glorious 2007 levels - people should be forced to move outwards from central London. they move out 5 miles - and buy a house at 2007 levels from people who move 5 miles further out again and so on until we reverse the Highland Clearances. The Central London houses will of course be moved into by rich foreigners who recognise that London property is the only way to store wealth. This way house prices are kept at good high levels and everyone gets to move, simples.
  7. I used to have a Saturday job and earned about £40 a week for it. It was ok but I missed having my time to myself at the weekend. Then I went to college and got loads of overdrafts, Student Loans, Credit Cards. Well - my course in engineering wasn't for me so I quit and went travelling around the world - everywhere like Sydney, Melbourne, Thailand and a roadtrip from Los Angeles to New York. I even spent 2 weeks working in a village in Laos for charity - that was really life-affirming. Anyway - I'm now doing Social Media Studies at the University of Stockport. I'm getting an IVA and will never repay the student loan - life couldn't be any better. I do worry about the evil Tory cuts though.
  8. I thought that the two houses would be the same - you know identikit Barratt Box types. I also think that the house for £140k is quite cheap - I know it depends on location - but the place looks nice and has a huge garden, nice rooms and great decor (if not to everyone's taste). The other one on for £170k - who would buy that at that price?
  9. I used to read this investor's cronicle years ago. Funny that I don't remember it once saying that BTL was the best way to go for investment. Maybe some housebuilders or the like - but never BTL. Funny that they are now saying that BTL is the Best Bet. Maybe the prupose of this IC is to get people to buy the products of their advertisers - and maybe the advertisers now include some housebuiders.
  10. I don't even have a TV - most of the stuff on in the world is pretty irrelevant - Olympics and Weddings and Syrian invitations and Libya especially. Anyone know the price of the Chinese Olympic Tickets?
  11. They have a few daily flights on Eastern Airways to Aberdeen. Small planes (maybe 20-30 seats) - big fairs (think £300 return as standard). Clientele? Almost exclusively the Oil Industry - and those I know who work here M-F 0 they all drive up on Monday back on Friday - EAirways are just too expensive.
  12. Bad news I guess. Where I am from (Derry in Northern Ireland), we have an airport - probably in a similar position to Plymouth - it's vastly unprofitable and survives due to taxpayers money encouraging flights to it. Normally as a tax payer I'd be livid - but I'm flying back tomorrow and it is costing less than £100 for 2 people return on Ryanair from Glasgow. Which is really cheap. This makes me think of which other airports will close - and how will that affect people who bought a house in Spain/France and now can't visit it as easily as they thought. This was all predictable (and predicted here) many years in advance.
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